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For the past few months I've been debating weather to build my own PC or buy a pre-built one from somewhere like FiercePC.com. In the past I have played around with computers/technology (repairing iPhones, Tablets etc) but never took on something like this. I have assumed it's difficult to build a PC from scratch, especially with lack of knowledge on components and such. So here's the question.. Is building a computer high risk for somebody like me? I don't have money to burn and I'd rather not risk f*cking something expensive up.

(Please don't roast me if in the wrong section, just a poor guy looking for some help)
 
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In my opinion it is a tedious task and takes patience. My first time doing took me two days to get it where I was comfortable. Its not incredibly difficult but someone with a background like you can easily build a PC.
 
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thanks for the help. Video looks quite straight forward and simplifies it a lot for me. The one thing I am concerned about is the installation of the CPU. Surely it must require a thermal paste of some sort? Video doesn't show it that well so I can't really tell.
 
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thanks for the help. Video looks quite straight forward and simplifies it a lot for me. The one thing I am concerned about is the installation of the CPU. Surely it must require a thermal paste of some sort? Video doesn't show it that well so I can't really tell.
Yes thermal paste goes between the cpu and the cooler. Most stock coolers have thermal paste already applied and the majority of aftermarket coolers have thermal paste along with them in the box. It is easy to put on thermal paste, just put a pea sized drop on the cpu and then place down the cooler, DO NOT SPREAD IT, it will naturally spread out.
 
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It's not a hard a job, I built my computer with no experience at at, I knew what the components were but I had no idea how to put a computer together. So you know what I did? I spent 2 days researching parts that I needed, bought them, watched YouTube videos, not just 1 but many of them and put it together. The CPU isn't difficult to install, there is a small triangle or shape on one the the corners that you have to match on the motherboard socket that should have the same thing and that's how it goes in, it should fit right in and it may seem slightly lose but that's okay. Then you will need to just close the socket which may require a little force but it'll be okay. If you need any help just message me :smile:
 
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thanks for the support I imNero and C Chazay . I got my stuff ordered yesterday so it should be delivered within the next few weeks. heres what I ordered:
 
other lil bits:


still yet to order things such as the Thermal paste (incase its not supplied) and the Static Grounder.
 
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Building your own computer is lots of fun. Cable management for a really clean build can get tricky though, and you have no overall warranty to cover your butt.

When it came down to my most recent PC, I ended up going to the professionals for peace of mind that I'm covered for the next 5-years if anything were to happen (**** happens).
 
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Building your own computer is lots of fun. Cable management for a really clean build can get tricky though, and you have no overall warranty to cover your butt.

When it came down to my most recent PC, I ended up going to the professionals for peace of mind that I'm covered for the next 5-years if anything were to happen (**** happens).
If you buy it yourself you get warranty on each part where you get a ****** 1 year warranty that covers nothing on a walmart pos that cost twice as much.
 
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My computer parts came today. I've started building it and everything was going Ok. As you may know, I ordered a Zalman Liquid Cooler to replace the stock cooler. I managed to fit it but it's fairly big. So big infact that it means I can't fit my even bigger graphics card in the primary PCI slot. What are my options? Can I run the graphics card in the secondary PCI slot?

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My computer parts came today. I've started building it and everything was going Ok. As you may know, I ordered a Zalman Liquid Cooler to replace the stock cooler. I managed to fit it but it's fairly big. So big infact that it means I can't fit my even bigger graphics card in the primary PCI slot. What are my options? Can I run the graphics card in the secondary PCI slot?

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Have you looked into getting a Corsair H110I GT Liquid cooler? Also im pretty sure that its not gonna matter if you put it in your secondary pci slot as long as its for the graphics card then your fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
 
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My computer parts came today. I've started building it and everything was going Ok. As you may know, I ordered a Zalman Liquid Cooler to replace the stock cooler. I managed to fit it but it's fairly big. So big infact that it means I can't fit my even bigger graphics card in the primary PCI slot. What are my options? Can I run the graphics card in the secondary PCI slot?

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You will need to use the primary one.
 
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It's really not hard building a PC, I used to help a lot of friends build / replace pieces on their rigs and I have personally built my own. Really, the only hard part of mine was lining up my wires that power my front USB drives and audio jacks because I couldn't remove the bottom of my case and the connectors were literally right next to the bottom of the case. haha. Other than that little annoyance, it was rather easy and my rig cost right at $1000 if I didn't go over that.
 
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It's super easy man i doubt you will have any problem. It is kind of confusing at first but it says on the board what goes where and if you have a friend that knows or watch some vids like the guys are posting you will have no problem at all. The hardest part for a new pc builder would prob be cable management trying to make it look nice on the inside and stuff idk ive always had problems with that, either that or im just lazy haha
 
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Its really easy! It seems daunting, but with a few videos and common sense its quick and lots of fun. Its pretty hard to break stuff unless you try to.
 
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whether or not

pick a maximum price you want to spend on your computer
its a risk if you spend alot of money on it and never use it to its fullest

its about best bang for your buck
you dont need to spend $1000 unless you are streaming and making videos

if you are a casual competitive gamer that wants to play on ultra
you will have to spend atleast $700

so please dont spend a lot of money on a high end gaming rig if you arent going to use every aspect of the computer 
tell me your budget nad i will make you a computer best bang for your buck

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free shipping
 
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just watch a who load of youtube building guides. you will learn very fast
 
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